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Undergraduate Admission

Below you will find information and advice regarding our undergraduate admission process for first-year students. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact our Office of Admission.


Are you an international student? If so, please skip to the International Application Procedures for instructions. An International Student is defined as any student studying at Pace University who is neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident.

All of your application's supporting documents should be sent to:
Pace University
Application Processing Center
861 Bedford Rd
Pleasantville, NY 10570-2799

Pace University participates in several electronic transcripts networks: Credentials, Parchment Exchange, National Student Clearing House, Scoir, and Whenever possible, Pace prefers to receive transcripts electronically. Confirm with the prior institution to determine if they participate in any of these networks. If a send-to email address is required, please use

Required Documents for All Applicants

  • Application & Fee: A completed application and $50 nonrefundable application fee. Pace offers online and print application options, which vary by student type. To get started, please visit our Apply Now web page and select an application based upon your student type. Please be sure to include your name on any check or money order sent. Applicants applying under the Early Decision plan, please submit the Early Decision Agreement form (PDF).
  • Official Transcripts: First-year students with fewer than 32 completed college credits must submit an official high school transcript (with first semester senior grades, if available) or GED diploma.
  • SAT or ACT Scores (Optional): Pace University does not require the SAT or ACT for most applicants. Learn more about our Test Optional Policy for guidelines and exceptions.
    • To request SAT/ACT scores, use SAT (NYC - 2635; Westchester - 2685); ACT (NYC - 2852; Westchester - 2855)
    • We will also accept SAT/ACT scores sent by your school or college counselor on the official high school transcript.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation (PDF) from a teacher or counselor who knows you well and can attest to your academic potential and personal characteristics. Letter for Recommendation forms can be found on our forms and brochures web page.
  • Written essay/personal statement: One essay/personal statement, approximately 250-650 words in length, which will assist the Admission Committee in reviewing your application. The essay/personal statement you submit must consist solely of your own origin work. You may write on a subject of your choice or one of the following subjects:
    • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
    • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
    • Describe a problem you have solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
    • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
    • Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
    • Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, or one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
    • Pforzheimer Honors College: All students are considered for the Pforzheimer Honors College based on their GPA and Test scores. Students may apply as test optional to be considered for admission within the Pforzheimer Honors College. You will need a need a minimum 90 GPA and will need to submit two short essays that are listed on the application. 
  • Optional Scholarship Consideration: Applicants for the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Community Service Scholarship need to submit an essay or list of activities discussing/listing participation and leadership roles in a community service activity.

College Coursework Completed in High School

Applicants who earned AP, IB, or other college-level coursework while attending high school may be eligible for transfer credit. For evaluation of credits, forward official college transcripts and/or test score reports to the Undergraduate Admission Office. For a full list of Pace's AP Test score requirements, visit the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences' AP Exam Equivalencies page.

Homeschool applicants

Prospective homeschool students may apply for undergraduate admission using their homeschool transcripts. While the academic requirements and application deadlines for homeschooled students are the same as students who attended a traditional high school, students will be asked to fulfill the below requirements.

Requirements for homeschool applicants:

Submit the Pace University Homeschool Student Information Form (PDF)  to

SAT or ACT scores are optional for homeschool applicants. Learn more about our Test Optional Policy for guidelines and exceptions.

Before attending Orientation at Pace University, all students must provide proof of high school graduation in the form of an official high school transcript with date of graduation or by submitting a diploma from a state-issued high school completion exam like the GED, TASC or HiSET. Failure to submit proof of high school graduation will impact your ability to register for classes and to receive federal or state financial aid.


Program Specific Admission Information

School of Performing Arts (NYC Campus Only)

Please note that the fall application deadline for this program is December 15 for first-year students.

  • Apply for fall admission by December 15 and if eligible, schedule your callback audition or interview by January 15. Academic admission to Pace University is separate from the audition and interview process for the School of Performing Arts. An application for admission must be on file prior to beginning the audition process.
  • Auditions and/or interviews are required for entrance to the School of Performing Arts. Information about auditions will be sent to each applicant upon receipt of application. Students will be notified on or before March 31 regarding audition results, provided the student has been admitted based on academic review by the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Visit the School of Performing Arts web site for more details.

Please note: Pace Performing Arts auditions and interviews students for fall term entrance only. The next round of auditions and interviews will take place from October through early March for Fall 2021.

Four-Year BS in Nursing Program (Westchester Campus Only)

The four-year BS in Nursing program is offered only on the Westchester Campus in Pleasantville. Deadline for first-year applications is February 15th. Admission to the program is competitive. Clinical courses begin fall semester only. View a complete list of Admission deadlines.


Admission Decision Notification

Applicants for admission to Pace University are considered in terms of past achievement and future promise. The Admission Committee considers the record of each applicant individually. Academic achievement is the primary factor for admission to Pace, but qualities such as motivation, creativity, and community involvement are also considered in evaluating the applicant.

The Pace University Admission Committee makes every effort to notify students with a decision in a timely fashion. Early Decision applicants will be notified in early December and Early Action applicants will be notified in early January. Regular Decision applicants will be notified on a rolling basis after the application deadline.

Merit scholarship notification will be included with the admission decision.

Deferred Admission

In some cases an accepted student may defer his or her enrollment for one or two semesters, provided the request is approved by the Director of Admission. (A student who is not granted a deferral or attends another college prior to enrolling at Pace must file a new application for admission).

Requests for deferred admission should be made in writing to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. A student who is granted approval to defer his or her admission will be reconsidered for academic scholarship, housing, and financial aid prior to enrolling at Pace University.

Students who request a deferral will be notified in writing by the Director of Admission.

Pace University is committed to achieving full equal opportunity in all aspects of university life. Pursuant to this commitment, Pace University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, ethnicity, marital or domestic partnership status, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or veteran status.